Christmas with children (312 out of 365) #blogaday

Today, we started some holiday crafts – the families can buy the plate that their child made. I was in the 2 year old class, and they made Christmas trees or snowmen with their feet! It turned out very cute 🙂 I’m surprised we are incorporating the Winter holidays in the curriculum. I am used to trying to avoid it so families don’t feel left out. There was one Jewish girl in the class, and she was the only one to do a snowman (if these go on the wall before families order their plates, it might make her stand out). I really like the idea, but since the children are so young, we wanted to take away the choice element to give them more continuity. feet trees post


Autumn activities (284 out of 365) #blogaday

I have been searching for crafts and small groups to do with the Fall unit – as usual, there are are so many options! I saved button trees, fall painting with corks, leaf pressing, matching numbers on pumpkins, and a few songs 🙂 I look forward to trying some of these out, and hopefully getting through more of them than the pets unit (I only did a few due to the busy week of moving around other rooms and helping). button trees


Painting with paper towels (246 out of 365) #blogaday


Art is something that can take a lot of time for setup, but with this idea, all you need is paper towels and paint. The children can try different designs and mix paints – it seems like a fun and low maintenance task!

I posted three today because my trip has been somewhat go, go, go. They are for the 11th, 12th, and 13th.

Messy no more! (193 out of 365) #blogaday

It can be hard to incorporate art into a young classroom because the children usually get sloppy. I remember when we painted flowers for Spring in the Kinder class – and the amount of cleanup (there wasn’t any on the floor, but the cups and paintbrushes and smocks!) I received a Buddha Board for my birthday, and it is going to transform the way I think about art. It uses water on a canvas so the students don’t even need paint 😮 The image created evaporates as well, which will allow students to take turns – I plan to take pictures of the artwork to show the families what their children have been working on.